We have just returned from an almost 3 week stay at Encantada Kissimmee with CLC. It was a holiday of a lifetime which we loved and our townhouse was the perfect place for us to stay while we were there. I realise I have written a long review but there was lots I wanted to say and tips I wanted to give.
The house was 3067 White Orchid, which is a 2 bedroom townhouse. It was beautiful, well kept and clean. The facilities inside the house were great. Bed was very big and comfortable, decor was modern and well kept throughout the house. Downstairs is open plan with nice kitchen, large dining table and chairs, sofa, armchairs, large coffee table and large flat screen TV. Washing machine was really useful, being able to wash clothes meant that we could keep space in our cases for lots of shopping while there! There was a drier which I only tried using once for towels but it didn't seem to work, however this could well have been that I wasn't using it properly, but to be honest I don't like using driers in case they shrink clothes so didn't bother with it rest of the hol, just used the clothes horse and banister/doors etc. I also washed all clothes before coming home, meaning no washing to come home to! Ace! If I had wanted to use drier I would have phoned reception and I am sure they would have helped as they were very helpful any other time I needed help or advice. The washing machine had instructions on it, it would be helpful if the drier did as well for those that want to use it and aren't used to using them.
The kitchen facilities were great, only thing that wasn't there was baking tray, but we bought one cheaply at Walmart. In hindsight we should have just told reception and I'm sure they would have provided them, but oh well. Some things were also provided which we did not expect, including toilet roll, bin bags (although these are bit too small for kitchen bin, but do fine), kitchen roll, few dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, washing machine powder, mini shampoo and shower gels. These things are replenished when house is cleaned weekly. Towels were replenished then as well as bed sheets changed, but obviously you can wash yourself if you want as well. I needed another bin bag so just phoned reception and asked and they provided it no problem.
It was amazing to have our own patio area at back with a large table, chairs and umbrella, plus 2 sun loungers and another small table, and a Jacuzzi. Jaccuzzi was fab after long day at parks with lots of walking, and was also great to cool down in on hot days lying out the back, just turn the temperature down, let it adjust and jump in (although didn't do this often with so much to do in Orlando!). The patio areas also have a sort of fine fencing around them which is great at stopping most bugs getting in, the big ones anyway.
Pool cleaners Carlos and Angel were great at cleaning out our jaccuzzi when algae had appeared due to rain etc, and they were both really friendly, great guys.
All of the staff we encountered and dealt with were very friendly and helpful. I can't comment on any of the companies other than CLC managing houses there, but I would definitely recommend going with CLC, we did so after reading the reviews on trip advisor and the replies from management companies. From reading these it appears that it is the properties that are not managed by CLC that have the problems and not as good service, so it's it's def worth going with CLC. Although I have to say, we looked at booking directly with them but it was about £500 dearer than booking through a different site! This was a shame in a way as would have liked to book direct, but we were not going to pay that much extra, so we booked with other company and checked first that it was with CLC management. Advice for those looking to do the same - as long as the booking says 'CLC' at the beginning then you are going with their management company. We got a great deal of only £1350 for the accommodation for almost 3 weeks, and although there were only 2 of us, this was a house that could have slept 4 people which would make it even cheaper! We feel that it was well worth the money, and gave us much more space, freedom and spending money than staying in a hotel! It was also great to be able to buy water, juice, snacks, food etc from supermarket and have it in the house.
Can't really comment on the Clubhouse very much as we didn't really use it. We went for a drink there twice and sat outside. It is small but seemed nice, and pool area certainly looked nice and clean. There were 2 small pools, although have to say it was very busy with children, so would be good for families but for us as a young couple it wasn't really a pool area for us. This didn't matter at all to us though as we were out so often doing stuff anyway, and our patio with jaccuzzi was perfect for us. Was more chilled and private as well.
Only real problem I had was with ants. There seemed to be colony of them outside our door, they were going in and out of ground through hole at edge of path, and unfortunately ended up in our house by the front door. At one point they ended up on kitchen bunker and round about the bin. I phoned reception who were very friendly and sent someone to deal with it. When we returned home they had indeed been killed, although they had not been removed which was a bit disappointing, but not end of the world as I mopped them up myself. Found the odd ant or 2 at different points, but then I do realise that this is Florida and is tropical climate so wasn't too bothered. Ended up calling about them another time when there were quite a lot around floor inside the front door. Again, someone was sent very quickly to spray and kill them, this was near the end of our stay so didn't have to call again. I think if we had been staying longer I would have got irritated and wanted the hole to be dealt with for a more permanent solution. This was really the only complaint I have though, although I do agree with other reviews that the house could have done with deeper clean (the odd marks on walls, this kind of thing) more often than they seem to get. However we still found the house clean enough, if there had been anything concerning I would have said to reception, and I'm sure it would have been dealt with. Therefore, these have not affected my rating of the resort.
We were really delighted with the location of Encantada, much better than we were expecting. When traffic was good we got to Disney parks in 10 minutes, Universal 30 minutes, Wet and Wild 30 minutes. Busch Gardens is longer at about 1n hour and 15 mins away, but is really worth it for those of you who love rollercoasters, it has the most proper coasters out of all the parks.
Later in the mornings the traffic definitely got busier and added bit onto travel times, sometimes it was bad and sometimes not bad at all, but definitely quicker that bit earlier in mornings, e.g. before 930/10am. Think everyone is heading to parks later in the mornings, and locals agreed this tends to be what happens with traffic.
Encantada is just few minutes drive from lots of restaurants, many gift shops, and miniature golf. There are places all along the 192 (the main road Encantada is off of). We loved Red Lobster. We shared a lobster and steak, so yummy we went and had exact same twice! Wish we had them in UK! Almost all of the restaurants are chains, that's just the way it is over there, but there are some really nice ones. Others include Longhorn steakhouse and Bahama Breeze (right next to each other).
If you are going to Downtown Disney, which I highly recommend, then definitely eat at the Irish bar, can't remember exactly what it's called but you'll find it when you're there, food was delicious, it was recommended to us by a local taxi driver, and we also went twice.
There's a seven eleven at top of the road. There's a Publix supermarket few minutes drive but we didn't use this as it's meant to be more expensive and we just used Walmart, which is about 10 minutes drive away, it has everything and is cheap.
I would also highly recommend doing the medieval tournament and meal, was lovely food, good fun, something different and all round great night. Pick up leaflets and booklets from local restaurants etc for discounts on loads of activities, including the medieval tournament/meal. We got loads of discount leaflets/books from Golden Coral buffet, 5 mins drive away. The meal was ok here but not the best we had, still found stuff to eat though. The discount leaflets definitely came in handy.
Old Town is also a great little place to visit, it's about 10 minutes drive from Encantada. The local taxi driver also recommended it to us. There are lots of little quirky shops there to get good souvenirs and gifts at good prices, couple of small places to eat, a bar with live music, and the some of the best rides in all of Orlando! The Skycoaster is 300 foot high, you're strapped into a harness with 1 or 2 others, you're then lying down and hoisted up to the top of the pole, then you are dropped FREE FALL headfirst before swinging across the water like superman! It was absolutely terrifying but AMAZING! I love rides and rollercoasters and never get properly scared, but I def was on this! Totally worth it though, lol. Ride named Vomatron was also brilliant! We loved Disney and Universal, and there are some great rides there (particularly Universal for more thrill rides) but these 2 were def 2 of our favourites. There's lots of other smaller rides here as well.
We has such an amazing holiday, wish we were still there! Hope to be back soon and would definitely stay at Encantada again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Encantada Resort is a private community of recently built 2, and 3 bedroom townhouses. Resort facilities include two outdoor heated swimming pools, two out door jacuzzi's, playground, fishing dock, bar, restaurant, game room, fitness center, and much more. We are also located just 6 miles from Walt Disney World. Each townhome has a full kitchen, washer/dryer, living room, dining room, bedrooms upstairs and a screened in lani. ... more less
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